qawm

(from the article `Afghanistan`) Afghans are also identified by their qawm, a term that can refer to affinity with almost any kind of social group. It essentially divides `us` from ...
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Qawm

Qawm is a basic social unit of Afghanistan that is based on kinship, residence, or occupation. It is sometimes translated as `tribe`, but the qawm relationship may cross tribal or even ethnic boundaries. The protean word qawm is of Arabic origin, and is used in Afghanistan to refer to any form of solidarity. Afghans identify themselves by qawm, ..
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